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MLA Handbook, 8th Edition


The handbook is also available on permanent reserve from the Circulation Desk for a two-hour loan period.

Call # LB2369 .G53 2016


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What is MLA Citation Style?

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities (Purdue OWL).

The eighth edition of the handbook has adopted one universal set of guidelines, designed to apply to any type of source.

This guide is intended to provide you with examples from the MLA Handbook for your research process. Refer to the examples from the handbook below on how to cite in the text of your research. 

Click the blue tab labeled "Creating a Works Cited Page" to review examples of citations on a Works Cited page.

If you have further questions, please visit our Ask-A-Librarian page.


Core Elements to MLA-style Citations

The newest edition of the MLA Handbook works to create citations that are constructed by shared traits of research and reference resources.

There are now core elements that must be identified to create a citation. The following chart is provided for more information on how to format a citation:

The finished citation will be created by filling in these elements, in the order of which they appear [starting with Author, ending with Location].

If a resource does not have an element listed or an element is not relevant to the resource, it can be omitted from the entry. For more information on the elements, review this page.

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This guide has been revised by Kiera Mudry, MLIS.